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Themed collection 3rd International Solar Fuels Conference and International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis

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Open Access Review Article

Engineering photoautotrophic carbon fixation for enhanced growth and productivity

This review discusses strategies to enhance oxygenic photoautotrophic carbon fixation with a focus on the Calvin–Benson–Bassham cycle.

Graphical abstract: Engineering photoautotrophic carbon fixation for enhanced growth and productivity
Review Article

Photoredox systems with biocatalysts for CO2 utilization

Visible-light driven CO2 reduction and utilization systems involving the photoreduction of NAD(P)+ or bipyridinium salt (viologen)-based electron mediators and biocatalysts are introduced.

Graphical abstract: Photoredox systems with biocatalysts for CO2 utilization
Review Article

Visible-light-absorbing semiconductor/molecular catalyst hybrid photoelectrodes for H2 or O2 evolution: recent advances and challenges

Herein, we review the recent advances and challenges in the field of visible-light-absorbing semiconductor/molecular catalyst photoelectrodes for H2 and O2 evolution.

Graphical abstract: Visible-light-absorbing semiconductor/molecular catalyst hybrid photoelectrodes for H2 or O2 evolution: recent advances and challenges
Communication

Proton coupled electron transfer from Co3O4 nanoparticles to photogenerated Ru(bpy)33+: base catalysis and buffer effect

Flash photolysis studies indicate general base catalysis by borate in photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer from Co3O4 nanoparticles to Ru(III)(bpy)33+.

Graphical abstract: Proton coupled electron transfer from Co3O4 nanoparticles to photogenerated Ru(bpy)33+: base catalysis and buffer effect
Open Access Communication

Passivation against oxygen and light induced degradation by the PCBM electron transport layer in planar perovskite solar cells

The instability of perovskite solar cells under oxygen and light stress can be alleviated by choosing a suitable device interlayer and device configuration.

Graphical abstract: Passivation against oxygen and light induced degradation by the PCBM electron transport layer in planar perovskite solar cells
Communication

Hydrogen evolution with nanoengineered ZnO interfaces decorated using a beetroot extract and a hydrogenase mimic

Herein, we report a nano-hybrid photo-system based on abundant elements for H2 production with visible light.

Graphical abstract: Hydrogen evolution with nanoengineered ZnO interfaces decorated using a beetroot extract and a hydrogenase mimic
Paper

Facile and sustainable fabrication of transparent mesoporous IrOx films formed by nanoparticle assembly for efficient electrocatalytic water oxidation

A new transparent mesoporous IrOx film consisting of small interconnected nanoparticles has been developed by a simple drop-cast method to provide an efficient electrocatalyst film for water oxidation.

Graphical abstract: Facile and sustainable fabrication of transparent mesoporous IrOx films formed by nanoparticle assembly for efficient electrocatalytic water oxidation
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Solar-light-driven non-bias photoelectrolysis for bleach production from sea water and atmospheric oxygen

Non-bias production of a bleach aqueous solution was successfully demonstrated using a solar-driven photoelectrochemical cell consisting of a metal-oxide-semiconductor photoanode and Pt-based cathode.

Graphical abstract: Solar-light-driven non-bias photoelectrolysis for bleach production from sea water and atmospheric oxygen
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Photoelectrochemical-voltaic cells consisting of particulate ZnxCd1−xSe photoanodes with photovoltages exceeding 1.23 V

A photoelectrochemical-voltaic cell consisting of ZnxCd1−xSe photoanodes generates a photovoltage higher than the thermodynamic onset voltage for water splitting, 1.23 V.

Graphical abstract: Photoelectrochemical-voltaic cells consisting of particulate ZnxCd1−xSe photoanodes with photovoltages exceeding 1.23 V
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Synthesis and hydrogen evolving catalysis of a panchromatic photochemical molecular device

The photocatalytic activity of a new broad absorbing osmium–platinum photocatalyst is determined by the choice of excitation wavelength.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and hydrogen evolving catalysis of a panchromatic photochemical molecular device
Open Access Paper

Demonstration of a 50 cm2 BiVO4 tandem photoelectrochemical-photovoltaic water splitting device

Mitigation of ohmic losses and mass transport limitations enables a large area BiVO4-based water splitting device with a solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 2.1%.

Graphical abstract: Demonstration of a 50 cm2 BiVO4 tandem photoelectrochemical-photovoltaic water splitting device
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Integration of electrocatalysts with silicon microcone arrays for minimization of optical and overpotential losses during sunlight-driven hydrogen evolution

Microstructured photoelectrode morphologies can advantageously facilitate integration of optically absorbing electrocatalysts with semiconducting light absorbers.

Graphical abstract: Integration of electrocatalysts with silicon microcone arrays for minimization of optical and overpotential losses during sunlight-driven hydrogen evolution
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Effective strategy for enhancing Z-scheme water splitting with the IO3/I redox mediator by using a visible light responsive TaON photocatalyst co-loaded with independently optimized two different cocatalysts

Dual loading of Rh and Ru-based cocatalysts on TaON photocatalyst significantly improves the efficiency of oxygen evolution in Z-scheme water splitting.

Graphical abstract: Effective strategy for enhancing Z-scheme water splitting with the IO3−/I− redox mediator by using a visible light responsive TaON photocatalyst co-loaded with independently optimized two different cocatalysts
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Controlling strategies to maximize reliability of integrated photo-electrochemical devices exposed to realistic disturbances

We numerically investigate the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy by integrated photo-electrochemical (IPEC) devices and assess their response to time-dependent changes in the boundary conditions and the material properties.

Graphical abstract: Controlling strategies to maximize reliability of integrated photo-electrochemical devices exposed to realistic disturbances
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Revealing the role of the Rh valence state, La doping level and Ru cocatalyst in determining the H2 evolution efficiency in doped SrTiO3 photocatalysts

A transient absorption spectroscopy study is conducted to correlate carrier dynamics with photocatalytic H2 evolution efficiency in the La/Rh doped SrTiO3 photocatalyst.

Graphical abstract: Revealing the role of the Rh valence state, La doping level and Ru cocatalyst in determining the H2 evolution efficiency in doped SrTiO3 photocatalysts
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Linking morphology and multi-physical transport in structured photoelectrodes

The link between morphology and multi-physical transport was numerically quantified based on the geometry of a photoelectrode obtained by FIB-SEM tomography.

Graphical abstract: Linking morphology and multi-physical transport in structured photoelectrodes
Open Access Paper

Photo-electrochemical hydrogen production from neutral phosphate buffer and seawater using micro-structured p-Si photo-electrodes functionalized by solution-based methods

Micro-structured p-Si/TiO2/NiOx allows for efficient photoelectrochemical H2 production from seawater.

Graphical abstract: Photo-electrochemical hydrogen production from neutral phosphate buffer and seawater using micro-structured p-Si photo-electrodes functionalized by solution-based methods
Paper

Contribution of electrolyte in nanoscale electrolysis of pure and buffered water by particulate photocatalysis

Quantitative description of electrolyte impact is established for nanoscale water electrolysis prevalent during photocatalytic overall water splitting.

Graphical abstract: Contribution of electrolyte in nanoscale electrolysis of pure and buffered water by particulate photocatalysis
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Nickel-iron catalysts for electrochemical water oxidation – redox synergism investigated by in situ X-ray spectroscopy with millisecond time resolution

NiFe oxyhydroxides are prime candidates for efficient alkaline water oxidation; their redox chemistry is tracked by X-ray spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: Nickel-iron catalysts for electrochemical water oxidation – redox synergism investigated by in situ X-ray spectroscopy with millisecond time resolution
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Two-electron oxidation of water to form hydrogen peroxide catalysed by silicon-porphyrins

Under basic condition, SiTPyP(O)2 exerts two-electron oxidation of water to form hydrogen peroxide as the primary product in aqueous acetonitrile, which is initiated through one-electron oxidized process on the electrode with faradaic yield of 84–92%.

Graphical abstract: Two-electron oxidation of water to form hydrogen peroxide catalysed by silicon-porphyrins
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Modification of BiVO4/WO3 composite photoelectrodes with Al2O3via chemical vapor deposition for highly efficient oxidative H2O2 production from H2O

Efficient H2O2 production on both the Al2O3/BiVO4/WO3 photoanode and carbon cathode loaded with a biomass-derived cathode without external bias was demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Modification of BiVO4/WO3 composite photoelectrodes with Al2O3via chemical vapor deposition for highly efficient oxidative H2O2 production from H2O
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Improved water oxidation under visible light on oxyhalide Bi4MO8X (M = Nb, Ta; X = Cl, Br) photocatalysts prepared using excess halogen precursors

Preparation of Bi4MO8X with excess BiOX precursors substantially improved their photocatalytic activity for water oxidation by suppressing the formation of surface halogen defects.

Graphical abstract: Improved water oxidation under visible light on oxyhalide Bi4MO8X (M = Nb, Ta; X = Cl, Br) photocatalysts prepared using excess halogen precursors
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Evaluating spinel ferrites MFe2O4 (M = Cu, Mg, Zn) as photoanodes for solar water oxidation: prospects and limitations

The search for ideal semiconductors for photoelectrochemical solar fuel conversion has recently recognized the spinel ferrites as promising candidates due to their optoelectronic tunability together with superb chemical stability.

Graphical abstract: Evaluating spinel ferrites MFe2O4 (M = Cu, Mg, Zn) as photoanodes for solar water oxidation: prospects and limitations
Open Access Paper

Optimization of a compact layer of TiO2via atomic-layer deposition for high-performance perovskite solar cells

Configuration of the perovskite solar cell and diagram of the mechanism of preparation of TiO2 using atomic-layer deposition.

Graphical abstract: Optimization of a compact layer of TiO2via atomic-layer deposition for high-performance perovskite solar cells
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Evaporated manganese films as a starting point for the preparation of thin-layer MnOx water-oxidation anodes

Physical vapour deposition of Mn metal followed by annealing in air is a promising route to prepare MnOx-anodes for water-oxidation.

Graphical abstract: Evaporated manganese films as a starting point for the preparation of thin-layer MnOx water-oxidation anodes
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Highly crystalline β-FeOOH(Cl) nanorod catalysts doped with transition metals for efficient water oxidation

Highly crystalline Ni-doped β-FeOOH(Cl) nanorod catalysts for efficient electrochemical water oxidation were successfully synthesized by a one-pot ambient temperature synthesis.

Graphical abstract: Highly crystalline β-FeOOH(Cl) nanorod catalysts doped with transition metals for efficient water oxidation
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This collection highlights the fantastic work published by speakers at the 3rd International Solar Fuels Conference and the International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis 2019, held in Hiroshima between 20th and 24th November 2019. 

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